Dictionary Results for allow


1. allow - verb

· make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen; "This permits the water to rush in"; "This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement"; "This will permit the rain to run off"

Synonym(s): let, permit




2. allow - verb

· consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

Synonym(s): permit, let, countenance

Hypernym(s): accept, consent, go_for

Antonym(s): disallow




3. allow - verb

· let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"

Synonym(s): grant

Hypernym(s): give

Antonym(s): deny




4. allow - verb

· give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"; "She sets aside time for meditation every day"

Synonym(s): appropriate, earmark, set_aside, reserve

Hypernym(s): assign, allot, portion




5. allow - verb

· make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"

Synonym(s): leave, allow_for, provide

Hypernym(s): yield, give, afford




6. allow - verb

· allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something; "I allow for this possibility"; "The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash"

Synonym(s): take_into_account

Hypernym(s): calculate, estimate, reckon, count_on, figure, forecast




7. allow - verb

· afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"

Synonym(s): admit




8. allow - verb

· allow the other (baseball) team to score; "give up a run"

Synonym(s): give_up




9. allow - verb

· grant as a discount or in exchange; "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"

Hypernym(s): discount




10. allow - verb

· allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"

Synonym(s): permit, tolerate

Hypernym(s): permit, allow, let, countenance





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